Hackers also leaked through the defaced homepage, names and phone numbers of several Saudi individuals, including government employees and employees in state-backed companies.
No one has claimed responsibility for the defacement of the website of the event, also called as “Davos in the desert.”
The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi caused a string of cancellations from global business giants, executives — from bankers JP Morgan to carmaker Ford and ride-hailing app Uber — will not attend the event.
The attackers are obviously politically motivated, they defaced the website with messages against Saudi Arabia and the role of its kingdom in the war in Yemen, they also accuse the Government of terrorism financing.
Once discovered the defacement, the website was taken down by the organizers of the Future Investment Initiative.
“Organisers of FII did not respond to requests for comment. Local media, including the pro-government Okaz newspaper, said the website had come under an “electronic attack”.” reported the AFP press release.
The forum aimed at creating new billionaire opportunities for organizations in the kingdom, but evidently the murder of Khashoggi inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul triggered a long string of cancelations.
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.